Both of these quotes challenge my evangelistic apathy. In fact, I have framed a copy of the second one, and it hangs on the wall of my office as a reminder:
“Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there; Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by the conversion to him of many.”
Hudson Taylor, missionary*
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
Charles Spurgeon, preacher and pastor**
*Taylor, quoted in Akin, Daniel L.; Merkle, Benjamin L.; Robinson, George G.. 40 Questions about the Great Commission (40 Questions Series) (p. 103). Kregel Academic. Kindle Edition.